In line to become one of those French cinema treasures like Moreau, Signoret, or Deneuve (but more comedic), Josiane Balasko, who will turn 60 next year (she's shown below with her cinematog-
rapher Robert Alazraki), has appeared in 67 films, written 20 and directed seven. While her acting is almost always on point, her film-making skills can be up and down. TrustMovies is delighted to report that this lady is at the top of her game with the new A FRENCH GIGOLO (Cliente is the origi-
nal title), a timely, funny, fla-
vorsome film that looks at everything -- from sexuality to the economy, family to friend-
ship, American Indians to home-shopping TV -- with savvy eye and brain in-gear.
As the director and adapter (of her own novel), Balasko (above, right) tells the story of an attractive and successful middle-aged woman (the ever beautiful and intelligent Natalie Baye), who, after a divorce from her husband, takes to bedding male escorts from time to time, a practice that she finds works well with her busy schedule as a TV show host and enables her to enjoy attractive men without getting too close. Her sister, played by Balasko, works with her on the show, the production staff of which appears to serve as the pair's pleasant and closely-knit "family."
|Ms Baye, in particular (shown at right), gives a meaty performance, in which she looks her age (but very well), allowing a little flab to show along with the intelligence, feeling and style. In fact, she's yet another French cinema treasure. Catch her award-winning performance in Le Petit Lieutenant, if you have not already.|
French Gigolo just made its On-Demand debut via most major cable companies. Check your TV reception-provider, go to IFC-on-Demand -- and bask in another sophisticated pleasure from France.